Wieland Metals in Wheeling planning $25 million expansion, 65 new jobs

Wieland Metals Inc. in Wheeling is planning a $25 million expansion that will create an estimated 65 jobs, the company announced this week. The Germany-based copper manufacturing company wants to build a 110,000-square-foot industrial building on about 11 acres at the intersection of Lake-Cook Road and…

The last 7 weeks have been historically wet in Chicago

The Chicago area is making some soggy history. The National Weather Service says more rain — 12.411 inches — has fallen in the city since May 1 than has ever fallen during the same period since records started being kept in 1871. related advertisement Interactive graphic…

Residents, business hosting West Dundee’s first LGBTQ pride event

Community members are hosting the Dundee area’s first LGBTQ pride celebration this weekend in hopes of promoting acceptance and diversity. In the few months since planning began, the Pride on the Fox event has gained support from neighbors, businesses and government officials, many of whom have…

Carpentersville sued by former village manager

Carpentersville is being sued by former Village Manager Mark Rooney, who claims the village fired him five months ago and refused to pay him severance — a violation of his contract. The village board voted in January to accept what it considered Rooney’s “voluntary resignation,” saying…

Average property tax bills jump 3% in northwest Cook County

When Cook County property tax bills start arriving in the mail next month, the average homeowner in northwest Cook County can expect to see a bump of about $213 over what they paid last year. That’s according to tax rate data released Wednesday by County Clerk…

Glass O’Hare Oasis on Tri-State coming down in late 2018

Better savor that latte and broccoli beef now. Later this year, the glass-framed O’Hare Oasis on the Tri-State will become the second Illinois tollway rest-stop to disappear. Officials this month should finalize a settlement agreement with the lease holders of the oasis prior to demolishing it.…

Chance the Rapper hits the waterslides at new Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee

The long-awaited grand opening of Great Wolf Lodge and water park in Gurnee was particularly splashy. Chance the Rapper and participants from the Kids of the Kingdom summer camp were the first to plunge down the 15 waterslides Thursday morning. related advertisement   Great Wolf Lodge…

Why Illinois will start testing ninth, 10th graders with PSAT

Illinois schools will begin administering the Preliminary SAT in ninth and 10th grades next school year, along with providing the SAT college entrance exam in 11th grade. The state board of education this week announced it will provide the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 to all ninth-graders,…

Average property tax bills jump $213 in northwest Cook County

When Cook County property tax bills start arriving in the mail next month, the average homeowner in northwest Cook County can expect to see a bump of about $213 over what they paid last year. That’s according to tax rate data released Wednesday by County Clerk…

Man attempts to lure teenage girl in Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a man who tried to lure a teenage girl into his car last week. The 16-year-old was walking on the 300 block of North William Street shortly before 9 a.m. Friday when the man…

Buffalo Grove to appeal pension ruling for firefighter who died from cancer

The village of Buffalo Grove will appeal a decision from its Fire Pension Board granting line-of-duty death benefits to the family of a veteran firefighter who died this year after a lengthy battle with cancer, officials announced Wednesday. The appeal will seek to overturn a first-of-its-kind…

Constable: Northwestern next for Plainfield author with cystic fibrosis

A top scholar and published author who recently won a scholarship she’ll use in the fall at Northwestern University, Ravina Thakkar spends four hours a day doing something more important than academics. Every morning and every night, the Plainfield 18-year-old runs through a medical regimen that…

What Ravinia’s renovated dining pavilion now looks like

Construction is complete on the renovated and expanded Ravinia Dining Pavilion, the first of a two-phase project. The renovation, overseen by Chicago-based architecture firm Wight & Company, features dining areas with more outdoor seating and open space. The dining pavilion at Ravinia in Highland Park includes…

Buffalo Grove appeals pension ruling for firefighter who died from cancer

The village of Buffalo Grove will appeal a decision from its Fire Pension Board granting line-of-duty death benefits to the family of a veteran firefighter who died this year after a lengthy battle with cancer, officials announced Wednesday. The appeal will seek to overturn a first-of-its-kind…

How the Spring Hill Mall campus could transform in the next 20 years

Two decades from now, the Spring Hill Mall campus could be bustling with pedestrian pathways, residential developments, new entertainment options and mixed-use buildings. Restaurants, offices and lodging could complement the area’s core retail concept. Public event spaces or an institutional facility such as a library could…